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The Baroque (, ; ) is a
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of
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,
music Music is the of arranging s in time through the of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. It is one of the aspects of all human societies. General include common elements such as (which governs and ), (and its associated concepts , , and ...
,
dance Dance is a performing art art form, form consisting of sequences of movement, either improvised or purposefully selected. This movement has aesthetic and often symbolism (arts), symbolic value. Dance can be categorized and described by its ...
,
painting Painting is the practice of applying paint Paint is any pigmented liquid, liquefiable, or solid mastic composition that, after application to a substrate in a thin layer, converts to a solid film. It is most commonly used to protect, ...
,
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and other arts that flourished in Europe from the early 17th century until the 1740s. In the territories of the Spanish and Portuguese empires including the Iberian Peninsula it continued, together with new styles, until the first decade of the 1800s. It followed
Renaissance art Renaissance art (1350 - 1620 AD) is the painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the period of European history known as the , which emerged as a distinct style in in about AD 1400, in parallel with developments which occurred in , , , , an ...
and
Mannerism Mannerism, also known as Late Renaissance, is a style in European art ''; by Johannes Vermeer Johannes Vermeer ( , , #Pronunciation of name, see below; October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period Painting, painter who speciali ...
and preceded the
Rococo Rococo (, also ), less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque, is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, a ...
(in the past often referred to as "late Baroque") and
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styles. It was encouraged by the
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as a means to counter the simplicity and austerity of
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architecture, art and music, though Lutheran Baroque art developed in parts of Europe as well. The Baroque style used contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colour, grandeur and surprise to achieve a sense of awe. The style began at the start of the 17th century in Rome, then spread rapidly to France, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, then to Austria, southern Germany and Russia. By the 1730s, it had evolved into an even more flamboyant style, called ''
rocaille Rocaille ( , ) was a French style of exuberant decoration, with an abundance of curves, counter-curves, undulations and elements modeled on nature, that appeared in furniture and interior decoration during the early reign of Louis XV of France ...
'' or ''
Rococo Rococo (, also ), less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque, is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, a ...
'', which appeared in France and Central Europe until the mid to late 18th century. In the
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decorative arts
, the style employs plentiful and intricate ornamentation. The departure from Renaissance classicism has its own ways in each country. But a general feature is that everywhere the starting point is the ornamental elements introduced by the
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Renaissance
. The classical repertoire is crowded, dense, overlapping, loaded, in order to provoke shock effects. New motifs introduced by Baroque are: the
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, trophies and weapons, baskets of fruit or flowers, and others, made in
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,
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, or carved.


Origin of the word

The English word ''baroque'' comes directly from the French (as the modern standard English-language spelling might suggest). Some scholars state that the French word originated from the Portuguese term ''barroco'' ("a flawed pearl"), pointing to the Latin
''verruca''
''verruca''
, ("wart"), or to a word with the suffix ''-ǒccu'' (common in pre-Roman Iberia). Other sources suggest a
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term used in logic, , as the most likely source.Robert Hudson Vincent,
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In the 16th century, the Medieval Latin word ''baroco'' moved beyond scholastic logic and came into use to characterise anything that seemed absurdly complex. The French philosopher
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Michel de Montaigne
(1533–1592) associated the term ''baroco'' with "Bizarre and uselessly complicated." Other early sources associate ''baroco'' with magic, complexity, confusion, and excess. The word ''baroque'' was also associated with irregular pearls before the 18th century. The French ''baroque'' and Portuguese ''barroco'' were terms often associated with jewelry. An example from 1531 uses the term to describe pearls in an inventory of
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's treasures. Later, the word appears in a 1694 edition of ''Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française,'' which describes ''baroque'' as "only used for pearls that are imperfectly round." A 1728 Portuguese dictionary similarly describes ''barroco'' as relating to a "coarse and uneven pearl". An alternative derivation of the word ''baroque'' points to the name of the Italian painter
Federico Barocci Federico Barocci (c. 1535 in Urbino – 1612 in Urbino) was an Italy, Italian Renaissance Painting, painter and printmaker. His original name was Federico Fiori, and he was nicknamed Il Baroccio. His work was highly esteemed and influential, ...
(1528–1612). In the 18th century the term began to be used to describe music, and not in a flattering way. In an anonymous satirical review of the première of
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Jean-Philippe Rameau
's ''
Hippolyte et Aricie ('' and '') was the first opera by . It was premiered to great controversy by the at its in Paris on October 1, 1733. The French , by Abbé , is based on 's tragedy '. The opera takes the traditional form of a with an allegorical prologue foll ...
'' in October 1733, which was printed in the ''
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'' in May 1734, the critic wrote that the novelty in this opera was "du barocque", complaining that the music lacked coherent melody, was unsparing with dissonances, constantly changed key and meter, and speedily ran through every compositional device. In 1762 ''Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française'' recorded that the term could figuratively describe something "irregular, bizarre or unequal".
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Jean-Jacques Rousseau (, , ; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Republic of Geneva, Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Age of Enlightenment, Enlightenment throughout Europe, as w ...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
, who was a musician and composer as well as a philosopher, wrote in 1768 in the ''
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Encyclopédie
'': "Baroque music is that in which the harmony is confused, and loaded with modulations and dissonances. The singing is harsh and unnatural, the intonation difficult, and the movement limited. It appears that term comes from the word 'baroco' used by logicians."''Encyclopedie''; ''Lettre sur la Musique Française'' under the direction of
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Denis Diderot
In 1788 Quatremère de Quincy defined the term in the ''
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'' as "an architectural style that is highly adorned and tormented". The French terms ''style baroque'' and ''musique baroque'' appeared in ''Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française'' in 1835''.'' By the mid-19th century, art critics and historians had adopted the term "baroque" as a way to ridicule post-Renaissance art. This was the sense of the word as used in 1855 by the leading art historian
Jacob Burckhardt Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (25 May 1818 – 8 August 1897) was a Swiss historian of art and culture and an influential figure in the historiography of both fields. He is known as one of the major progenitors of cultural history. Sigfrie ...
, who wrote that baroque artists "despised and abused detail" because they lacked "respect for tradition". In 1888 the art historian
Heinrich Wölfflin Heinrich Wölfflin (; 21 June 1864, Winterthur , neighboring_municipalities = Brütten, Dinhard Dinhard is a municipalities of Switzerland, municipality in the district of Winterthur (district), Winterthur, which is located in the Cantons of ...
published the first serious academic work on the style, ''Renaissance und Barock'', which described the differences between the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance and the Baroque.


Architecture: origins and characteristics

The Baroque style of architecture was a result of doctrines adopted by the
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Catholic Church
at the
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Council of Trent
in 1545–63, in response to the
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. The first phase of the
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had imposed a severe, academic style on religious architecture, which had appealed to intellectuals but not the mass of churchgoers. The Council of Trent decided instead to appeal to a more popular audience, and declared that the arts should communicate religious themes with direct and emotional involvement. Similarly, Lutheran Baroque art developed as a confessional marker of identity, in response to the Great Iconoclasm of
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s. Baroque churches were designed with a large central space, where the worshippers could be close to the altar, with a dome or cupola high overhead, allowing light to illuminate the church below. The dome was one of the central symbolic features of Baroque architecture illustrating the union between the heavens and the earth, The inside of the cupola was lavishly decorated with paintings of angels and saints, and with stucco statuettes of angels, giving the impression to those below of looking up at heaven. Another feature of Baroque churches are the ''quadratura'';
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trompe-l'œil
paintings on the ceiling in stucco frames, either real or painted, crowded with paintings of saints and angels and connected by architectural details with the balustrades and consoles. ''Quadratura'' paintings of Atlantes below the cornices appear to be supporting the ceiling of the church. Unlike the painted ceilings of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, which combined different scenes, each with its own perspective, to be looked at one at a time, the Baroque ceiling paintings were carefully created so the viewer on the floor of the church would see the entire ceiling in correct perspective, as if the figures were real. The interiors of Baroque churches became more and more ornate in the High Baroque, and focused around the altar, usually placed under the dome. The most celebrated baroque decorative works of the High Baroque are the (1647–53) and the Baldachino of St. Peter (1623–34), both by
Gian Lorenzo Bernini Gian Lorenzo (or Gianlorenzo) Bernini (, , ; Italian Giovanni Lorenzo; 7 December 159828 November 1680) was an Italian Italian may refer to: * Anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Italy ** Italians, an ethnic group or simp ...
, in
St. Peter's Basilica The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican ( it, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply Saint Peter's Basilica ( la, Basilica Sancti Petri), is a Church (building), church built in the Renaissance architecture, Renaissanc ...

St. Peter's Basilica
in Rome. The Baldequin of St. Peter is an example of the balance of opposites in Baroque art; the gigantic proportions of the piece, with the apparent lightness of the canopy; and the contrast between the solid twisted columns, bronze, gold and marble of the piece with the flowing draperies of the angels on the canopy.Ducher (1988) p. 106-107 The
Dresden Frauenkirche The Dresden Frauenkirche (german: Dresdner Frauenkirche, , ''Church of Our Lady'') is a Evangelical Church in Germany, Lutheran church in Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. An earlier church building was Catholic until it beca ...

Dresden Frauenkirche
serves as a prominent example of Lutheran Baroque art, which was completed in 1743 after being commissioned by the Lutheran city council of Dresden and was "compared by eighteenth-century observers to St Peter's in Rome". The twisted column in the interior of churches is one of the signature features of the Baroque. It gives both a sense of motion and also a dramatic new way of reflecting light. The
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was another characteristic feature of Baroque decoration. These were large plaques carved of marble or stone, usually oval and with a rounded surface, which carried images or text in gilded letters, and were placed as interior decoration or above the doorways of buildings, delivering messages to those below. They showed a wide variety of invention, and were found in all types of buildings, from cathedrals and palaces to small chapels. Baroque architects sometimes used
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to create illusions. For the
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Palazzo Spada
in Rome, Borromini used columns of diminishing size, a narrowing floor and a miniature statue in the garden beyond to create the illusion that a passageway was thirty meters long, when it was actually only seven meters long. A statue at the end of the passage appears to be life-size, though it is only sixty centimeters high. Borromini designed the illusion with the assistance of a mathematician.


Italian Baroque

The first building in Rome to have a Baroque facade was the
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Church of the Gesù
in 1584; it was plain by later Baroque standards, but marked a break with the traditional Renaissance facades that preceded it. The interior of this church remained very austere until the high Baroque, when it was lavishly ornamented. In Rome in 1605,
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Paul V
became the first of series of
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who commissioned basilicas and church buildings designed to inspire emotion and awe through a proliferation of forms, and a richness of colours and dramatic effects. Among the most influential monuments of the Early Baroque were the facade of
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St. Peter's Basilica
(1606–1619), and the new nave and loggia which connected the facade to Michelangelo's dome in the earlier church. The new design created a dramatic contrast between the soaring dome and the disproportionately wide facade, and the contrast on the facade itself between the Doric columns and the great mass of the portico. In the mid to late 17th century the style reached its peak, later termed the High Baroque. Many monumental works were commissioned by Popes
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Urban VIII
and
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Alexander VII
. The sculptor and architect
Gian Lorenzo Bernini Gian Lorenzo (or Gianlorenzo) Bernini (, , ; Italian Giovanni Lorenzo; 7 December 159828 November 1680) was an Italian Italian may refer to: * Anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Italy ** Italians, an ethnic group or simp ...
designed a new quadruple colonnade around St. Peter's Square (1656 to 1667). The three galleries of columns in a giant ellipse balance the oversize dome and give the Church and square a unity and the feeling of a giant theatre.Ducher (1988) p. 104. Another major innovator of the Italian High Baroque was
Francesco Borromini Francesco Borromini (, ), byname of Francesco Castelli (; 25 September 1599 – 2 August 1667), was an Italian architect born in the modern Swiss Swiss may refer to: * the adjectival form of Switzerland ,german: Schweizer(in),french: Suisse( ...

Francesco Borromini
, whose major work was the Church of
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San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
or Saint Charles of the Four Fountains (1634–46). The sense of movement is given not by the decoration, but by the walls themselves, which undulate and by concave and convex elements, including an oval tower and balcony inserted into a concave traverse. The interior was equally revolutionary; the main space of the church was oval, beneath an oval dome. Painted ceilings, crowded with angels and saints and
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trompe-l'œil
architectural effects, were an important feature of the Italian High Baroque. Major works included ''The Entry of Saint Ignatius into Paradise'' by
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(1685–1695) in the in Rome, and ''The triumph of the name of Jesus'' by Giovanni Battista Gaulli in the
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Church of the Gesù
in Rome (1669–1683), which featured figures spilling out of the picture frame and dramatic oblique lighting and light-dark contrasts. The style spread quickly from Rome to other regions of Italy: It appeared in Venice in the church of
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Santa Maria della Salute
(1631–1687) by
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, a highly original octagonal form crowned with an enormous cupola. It appeared also in Turin, notably in the
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(1668–1694) by
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Guarino Guarini
. The style also began to be used in palaces; Guarini designed the
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in Turin, while Longhena designed the
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on the
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, (1657), finished by
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with decorated with paintings by
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. A series of massive earthquakes in
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Sicily
required the rebuilding of most of them and several were built in the exuberant late Baroque or Rococo style. File:Church of the Gesù, Rome.jpg, Façade of the
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Church of the Gesù
from
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Rome
(1584) File:Dome of Church of the Gesù (Rome).jpg, Ceiling of the
Church of the Gesù , image = Church of the Gesù, Rome.jpg , imagesize = 300px , caption = Giacomo della Porta's façade, precursor of Baroque , pushpin map = Italy Rome , pushpin label position = top , c ...

Church of the Gesù
File:Ca' Rezzonico (Venice) crooped.jpg, The
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Ca Rezzonico
from
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Venice
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decorating courtyard of the
Palazzo Spada gallery by Francesco Borromini. The corridor is much shorter, and the sculpture much smaller, than they appear. The Palazzo Spada is a palace located on Piazza di Capo Ferro #13 in the rioni of Rome, rione Regola of Rome , established_tit ...

Palazzo Spada
from Rome, by
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Francesco Borromini
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Palazzo Spada
(1632) Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4.jpg, The '''' by
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, in the
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St. Peter's Basilica
from Rome (1657–1666)


Spanish Baroque

The Catholic Church in Spain, and particularly the Jesuits, were the driving force of Spanish Baroque architecture. The first major work in this style was the San Isidro Chapel in
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Madrid
, begun in 1643 by Pedro de la Torre. It contrasted an extreme richness of ornament on the exterior with simplicity in the interior, divided into multiple spaces and using effects of light to create a sense of mystery. The Cathedral in
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Santiago de Compostela
was modernized with a series of Baroque additions beginning at the end of the 17th century, starting with a highly ornate bell tower (1680), then flanked by two even taller and more ornate towers, called the ''Obradorio'', added between 1738 and 1750 by Fernando de Casas Novoa. Another landmark of the Spanish Baroque is the chapel tower of the
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in
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Seville
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Granada
had only been conquered from the Moors in the 15th century, and had its own distinct variety of Baroque. The painter, sculptor and architect
Alonso Cano Alonso Cano or Alonzo Cano (19 March 16013 September 1667) was a Spanish painter, architect and sculptor born in Granada Granada ( , ,, DIN 31635, DIN: ; grc, Ἐλιβύργη, Elibýrgē; la, Illiberis or . ) is the capital city of the pr ...

Alonso Cano
designed the Baroque interior of
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between 1652 and his death in 1657. It features dramatic contrasts of the massive white columns and gold decor. The most ornamental and lavishly decorated architecture of the Spanish Baroque is called
Churrigueresque Churrigueresque (; Spanish: ''Churrigueresco''), in a lesser extent it was also called "Ultra Baroque", refers to a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architectural ornament which emerged as a manner of stucco Stucco or render is ...
style, named after the brothers
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Churriguera
, who worked primarily in Salamanca and Madrid. Their works include the buildings on the city's main square, the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca (1729). This highly ornamental Baroque style was very influential in many churches and cathedrals built by the Spanish in the Americas. Other notable Spanish baroque architects of the late Baroque include Pedro de Ribera, a pupil of Churriguera, who designed the Royal Hospice of San Fernando in Madrid, and Narciso Tomé, who designed the celebrated altarpiece at
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Toledo Cathedral
(1729–32) which gives the illusion, in certain light, of floating upwards. The architects of the Spanish Baroque had an effect far beyond Spain; their work was highly influential in the churches built in the Spanish colonies in Latin America and the Philippines. The Church built by the Jesuits for a college in , with its ornate Baroque facade and tower, is a good example. WLM14ES - Catedral de Granada. - julianrdc.jpg, The
Granada Cathedral Granada Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Incarnation Incarnation literally means ''embodied in flesh'' or ''taking on flesh''. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient being who is the material manifestation of an entity, god ...
(1652–1657) File:Convento de San Esteban, Salamanca. Retablo mayor.jpg, Altarpiece of Convento de San Esteban, from
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Salamanca
(1690) File:Plaza Mayor, Salamanca.JPG, The Plaza Mayor from
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Salamanca
(1729) File:Madrid May 2014-25a.jpg, Hospice of San Fernando from Madrid (1750)


Central Europe and ''Rococo'' (1740s–1770s)

From 1680 to 1750, many highly ornate cathedrals, abbeys, and pilgrimage churches were built in Central Europe, in Bavaria, Austria, Bohemia and southwestern Poland. Some were in
Rococo Rococo (, also ), less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque, is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, a ...
style, a distinct, more flamboyant and asymmetric style which emerged from the Baroque, then replaced it in Central Europe in the first half of the 18th century, until it was replaced in turn by classicism. The princes of the multitude of states in that region also chose Baroque or Rococo for their palaces and residences, and often used Italian-trained architects to construct them. Notable architects included Johann Fischer von Erlach,
Lukas von Hildebrandt Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (14 November 1668 – 16 November 1745) was an Austrian baroque architect and military engineer who designed stately buildings and churches and whose work had a profound influence on the architecture of the Habsburg E ...
and
Dominikus Zimmermann Dominikus Zimmermann (30 June 1685, Gaispoint – 16 November 1766, Wies) was a German Rococo Rococo (, also ), less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque, is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoratio ...
in Bavaria,
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Balthasar Neumann
in Bruhl, and
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Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann
in Dresden. In Prussia,
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Frederick II of Prussia
was inspired by the
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Grand Trianon
of the
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Palace of Versailles
, and used it as the model for his summer residence,
Sanssouci Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam, near Berlin. Built by Prussian King Frederick the Great as his summer palace, it is often counted among the German rivals of Palace of Versailles, Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate ...

Sanssouci
, in
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Potsdam
, designed for him by
Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff (17 February 1699 – 16 September 1753) was a painter and architect in Prussia Prussia, , Old Prussian Distribution of the Baltic tribes, circa 1200 CE (boundaries are approximate). Old Prussian ...
(1745–1747). Another work of Baroque palace architecture is the
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in
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Dresden
, the former orangerie of the palace of the Dukes of
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Saxony
in the 18th century. One of the best examples of a rococo church is the Basilika Vierzehnheiligen, or
Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers The Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (German: Basilika Vierzehnheiligen) is a church located near the town of Bad Staffelstein near Bamberg Bamberg (, , ) is a town in Upper Franconia, Germany, on the river Regnitz close to its confluen ...
, a pilgrimage church located near the town of
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Bad Staffelstein
near Bamberg, in
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Bavaria
, southern Germany. The Basilica was designed by
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Balthasar Neumann
and was constructed between 1743 and 1772, its plan a series of interlocking circles around a central oval with the altar placed in the exact centre of the church. The interior of this church illustrates the summit of Rococo decoration. Another notable example of the style is the Pilgrimage Church of Wies (german: Wieskirche). It was designed by the brothers J. B. and
Dominikus Zimmermann Dominikus Zimmermann (30 June 1685, Gaispoint – 16 November 1766, Wies) was a German Rococo Rococo (, also ), less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque, is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoratio ...
. It is located in the foothills of the
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Alps
, in the municipality of
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Steingaden
in the
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district,
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Bavaria
,
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Germany
. Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the interior was decorated with frescoes and with stuccowork in the tradition of the
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. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another notable example is the St. Nicholas Church (Malá Strana) in Prague (1704–55), built by
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and his son
Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer ( cs, Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer) (1 September 1689, Prague – 18 December 1751) was a Bohemian architect of the Baroque architecture, Baroque era. He was the fifth son of the Germans, German architect Christoph Dientze ...
. Decoration covers all of walls of interior of the church. The altar is placed in the nave beneath the central dome, and surrounded by chapels, light comes down from the dome above and from the surrounding chapels. The altar is entirely surrounded by arches, columns, curved balustrades and pilasters of coloured stone, which are richly decorated with statuary, creating a deliberate confusion between the real architecture and the decoration. The architecture is transformed into a theatre of light, colour and movement. In Poland, the Italian-inspired
Polish Baroque The Polish Baroque lasted from the early 17th to the mid-18th century. As with Baroque The Baroque (, ; ) is a Style (visual arts), style of Baroque architecture, architecture, Baroque music, music, Baroque dance, dance, Baroque painting, painti ...
lasted from the early 17th to the mid-18th century and emphasised richness of detail and colour. The first Baroque building in present-day Poland and probably one of the most recognizable is the Church of St. Peter and Paul in
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Kraków
, designed by
Giovanni Battista Trevano Giovanni Battista Trevano (born in Lugano, Switzerland, died 1644 in Krakow, Poland) was an Italian-speaking architect who worked in Poland as royal architect for King Sigismund III Vasa, of the House of Vasa, Vasa dynasty, which ruled Poland at th ...
.
Sigismund's Column Sigismund's Column ( pl, Kolumna Zygmunta), originally erected in 1644, is located at Castle Square, Warsaw Warsaw ( ; pl, Warszawa ; see also Warsaw#Toponymy and names, other names) is the capital and List of cities and towns in Poland, ...

Sigismund's Column
in
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Warsaw
, erected in 1644, was the world's first secular Baroque monument built in the form of a column. The palatial residence style was exemplified by the
Wilanów Palace Wilanów Palace ( pl, Pałac w Wilanowie, ) is a former royal palace located in the Wilanów district of Warsaw Warsaw ( ; pl, Warszawa ; see also Warsaw#Toponymy and names, other names) is the capital and List of cities and towns in Poland, ...

Wilanów Palace
, constructed between 1677 and 1696. The most renowned Baroque architect active in Poland was
Tylman van Gameren Tylman van Gameren, also ''Tilman'' or ''Tielman'' and Tylman Gamerski, ( Utrecht, July 3, 1632 – c. 1706, Warsaw) was a Dutch-born Polish architect and engineer who, at the age of 28, settled in Poland Poland ( pl, Polska ), off ...
and his notable works include Warsaw's St. Kazimierz Church and Krasiński Palace, St. Anne's in Kraków and Branicki Palace in Bialystok. However, the most celebrated work of Polish Baroque is the Poznań Fara, Fara Church in Poznań, with details by Pompeo Ferrari. File:Iglesia colegial de Poznan, Poznan, Polonia, 2014-09-18, DD 19-21 HDR.jpg, The Poznań Fara, Fara Church from Poznań (Poland) (1651–1701) File:Dresden-Zwinger-Wallpavillion-gp.jpg, Remnant of Zwinger (Dresden), Zwinger Palace in
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Dresden
(1710–1728) File:Ottobeuren-6289110.jpg, Ceiling of Ottobeuren Abbey, in
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Bavaria
(1711–1725) File:Clementinum library2.jpg, Library of the Clementinum, the Jesuit university from Prague (1722) Karlskirche Abendsonne 3.JPG, Karlskirche (Vienna), by Fischer von Erlach (consecrated 1737) File:Vierzehnheiligen Altarraum P3RM0690-HDR.jpg, The Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Vierzehnheigen Basilica from
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Bavaria
, by
Balthasar Neumann Johann Balthasar Neumann (; 27 January 1687 (?) – 19 August 1753), usually known as Balthasar Neumann, was a German architect An architect is a person who plans, designs and oversees the construction of buildings. To practice architecture m ...

Balthasar Neumann
(1743–1772) File:Mittelbau Sanssouci.jpg,
Sanssouci Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam, near Berlin. Built by Prussian King Frederick the Great as his summer palace, it is often counted among the German rivals of Palace of Versailles, Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate ...

Sanssouci
, in
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Potsdam
, by
Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff (17 February 1699 – 16 September 1753) was a painter and architect in Prussia Prussia, , Old Prussian Distribution of the Baltic tribes, circa 1200 CE (boundaries are approximate). Old Prussian ...
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French Baroque or ''Classicism''

France largely resisted the ornate Baroque style of Italy, Spain, Vienna and the rest of Europe. The French Baroque style (often termed ''Grand Classicism'' or simply ''Classicism'' in France) is closely associated with the works built for Louis XIV and Louis XV; it features more geometric order and measure than Baroque, and less elaborate decoration on the facades and in the interiors. Louis XIV invited the master of Baroque, Bernini, to submit a design for the new wing of the Louvre, but rejected it in favor of a more classical design by Claude Perrault and Louis Le Vau. The principal architects of the style included François Mansart (Chateau de Balleroy, 1626–1636), Pierre Le Muet (Church of Val-de-Grace, 1645–1665), Louis Le Vau (Vaux-le-Vicomte, 1657–1661) and especially Jules Hardouin Mansart and Robert de Cotte, whose work included the Galerie des Glaces and the
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Grand Trianon
at Versailles (1687–1688). Mansart was also responsible for the Baroque classicism of the Place Vendôme (1686–1699). The major royal project of the period was the expansion of
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Palace of Versailles
, begun in 1661 by Le Vau with decoration by the painter Charles Le Brun. The gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre specifically to complement and amplify the architecture. The Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), the centerpiece of the château, with paintings by Le Brun, was constructed between 1678 and 1686. Mansart completed the Grand Trianon in 1687. The chapel, designed by de Cotte, was finished in 1710. Following the death of Louis XIV, Louis XV added the more intimate Petit Trianon and the highly ornate theatre. The fountains in the gardens were designed to be seen from the interior, and to add to the dramatic effect. The palace was admired and copied by other monarchs of Europe, particularly Peter the Great of Russia, who visited Versailles early in the reign of Louis XV, and built his own version at Peterhof Palace near Saint Petersburg, between 1705 and 1725. Église Sts Paul Louis Paris 1.jpg, The Church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis, the first Paris church with a façade in the new Baroque style (1616–20) File:Vaux-le-Vicomte2.jpg, The Vaux-le-Vicomte, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte from Maincy (1657–1661) File:Louvre-facade-est.jpg, East facade of the Louvre Palace, Louvre, by Claude Perrault and Louis Le Vau (1668–1680) File:Chateau Versailles Galerie des Glaces.jpg, Hall of Mirrors in the Versailles Palace (1678–1686) Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides, 140309 2.jpg, The Dôme des Invalides, part of the ''Les Invalides'' (Paris) Place des Victoires, Paris 20 August 2015.jpg, Place des Victoires (1684–1697), by Jules Hardouin-Mansart


Portuguese Baroque

Baroque architecture in Portugal lasted about two centuries (the late seventeenth century and eighteenth century). The reigns of John V of Portugal, John V and Joseph I of Portugal, Joseph I had increased imports of gold and diamonds, in a period called Royal Absolutism, which allowed the Portuguese Baroque to flourish. Baroque architecture in Portugal enjoys a special situation and different timeline from the rest of Europe. It is conditioned by several political, artistic and economic factors, that originate several phases, and different kinds of outside influences, resulting in a unique blend, often misunderstood by those looking for Italian art, find instead specific forms and character which give it a uniquely Portuguese variety. Another key factor is the existence of the Jesuitical architecture, also called "plain style" (Estilo Chão or Estilo Plano) which like the name evokes, is plainer and appears somewhat austere. The buildings are single-room basilicas, deep main chapel, lateral chapels (with small doors for communication), without interior and exterior decoration, very simple portal and windows. It is a very practical building, allowing it to be built throughout the empire with minor adjustments, and prepared to be decorated later or when economic resources are available. In fact, the first Portuguese Baroque does not lack in building because "plain style" is easy to be transformed, by means of decoration (painting, tiling, etc.), turning empty areas into pompous, elaborate baroque scenarios. The same could be applied to the exterior. Subsequently, it is easy to adapt the building to the taste of the time and place and add on new features and details. Practical and economical. With more inhabitants and better economic resources, the north, particularly the areas of Porto and Braga, witnessed an architectural renewal, visible in the large list of churches, convents and palaces built by the aristocracy. Porto is the city of Baroque in Portugal. Its historical centre is part of UNESCO World Heritage List. Many of the Baroque works in the historical area of the city and beyond, belong to Nicolau Nasoni an Italian architect living in Portugal, drawing original buildings with scenographic emplacement such as the Clérigos Church, church and tower of Clérigos, the logia of the Porto Cathedral, the church of Misericórdia, the Palácio de São João Novo, Palace of São João Novo, the Palácio do Freixo, Palace of Freixo, the Episcopal Palace of Porto, Episcopal Palace (Portuguese language, Portuguese: ''Paço Episcopal do Porto'') along with many others.


Russian Baroque

The debut of Russian Baroque, or Petrine Baroque, followed a long visit of Peter the Great to western Europe in 1697–98, where he visited the Chateaux of Fontainebleu and the Versailles as well as other architectural monuments. He decided, on his return to Russia, to construct similar monuments in St. Petersburg, which became the new capital of Russia in 1712. Early major monuments in the Petrine Baroque include the Peter and Paul Cathedral and Menshikov Palace. During the reign of Empress Anna and Elizaveta Petrovna, Russian architecture was dominated by the luxurious Baroque style of Italian-born Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, which developed into Elizabethan Baroque. Rastrelli's signature buildings include the Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace and the Smolny Cathedral. Other distinctive monuments of the Elizabethan Baroque are the bell tower of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra and the Red Gate. In Moscow, Naryshkin Baroque became widespread, especially in the architecture of Eastern Orthodox churches in the late 17th century. It was a combination of western European Baroque with traditional Russian architecture, Russian folk styles.


Baroque in the Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Americas

Due to the colonization of the Americas by European countries, the Baroque naturally moved to the New World, finding especially favorable ground in the regions dominated by Spain and Portugal, both countries being centralized and irreducibly Catholic monarchies, by extension subject to Rome and adherents of the Baroque Counter-Reformation, Counter-reformist most typical. European artists migrated to America and made school, and along with the widespread penetration of Christian mission, Catholic missionaries, many of whom were skilled artists, created a multiform Baroque often influenced by popular taste. The Criollo (people), Criollo and Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Indidenous craftsmen did much to give this Baroque unique features. The main centres of American Baroque cultivation, that are still standing, are (in this order) Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Of particular note is the so-called "Missionary Baroque", developed in the framework of the Spanish reductions in areas extending from Mexico and southwestern portions of current-day United States to as far south as Argentina and Chile, indigenous settlements organized by Spanish Catholic missionaries in order to convert them to the Christian faith and acculturate them in the Western life, forming a hybrid Baroque influenced by Native culture, where flourished Criollo (people), Criollos and many Indian artisans and musicians, even literate, some of great ability and talent of their own. Missionaries' accounts often repeat that Western art, especially music, had a hypnotic impact on foresters, and the images of saints were viewed as having great powers. Many Indians were converted, and a new form of devotion was created, of passionate intensity, laden with mysticism, superstition, and theatricality, which delighted in festive masses, sacred concerts, and mysteries. The Colonial Baroque architecture in the Spanish America is characterized by a profuse decoration (portal of Church of San Felipe Neri "La Profesa", La Profesa Church, Mexico City; facades covered with Talavera pottery, Puebla-style azulejos, as in the Church of San Francisco Acatepec in San Andrés Cholula and Convent Church of San Francisco, Puebla, Convent Church of San Francisco of Puebla (city), Puebla), which will be exacerbated in the so-called Churrigueresque, Churrigueresque style (Facade of the Tabernacle of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City Cathedral, by Lorenzo Rodríguez; Church of San Francisco Javier, Tepotzotlán, Church of San Francisco Javier, ; Church of Santa Prisca de Taxco, Church of Santa Prisca of Taxco). In Peru, the constructions mostly developed in the cities of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and Trujillo, Peru, Trujillo since 1650 show original characteristics that are advanced even to the European Baroque, as in the use of Wall padding, cushioned walls and solomonic columns (Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Cusco, Church of la Compañía de Jesús, Cusco; Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Lima, Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Lima). Other countries include: the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre in Bolivia; Cathedral Basilica of Esquipulas in Guatemala; Tegucigalpa Cathedral in Honduras; León Cathedral, Nicaragua, León Cathedral in Nicaragua; the Church of la Compañía de Jesús, Quito, Church of la Compañía de Jesús in Quito, Ecuador; the Church of San Ignacio, Bogotá, Church of San Ignacio in Bogotá, Colombia; the Caracas Cathedral in Venezuela; the Cabildo of Buenos Aires in Argentina; the Santo Domingo Church, Santiago de Chile, Church of Santo Domingo in Santiago, Chile; and Havana Cathedral in Cuba. It is also worth remembering the quality of the churches of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, Spanish Jesuit Missions in Bolivia, Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue, Spanish Jesuit missions in Paraguay, the Spanish missions in Mexico and the Spanish missions in California, Spanish Franciscan missions in California. In Brazil, as in the metropolis, Portugal, the architecture has a certain Italian Baroque architecture, Italian influence, usually of a Francesco Borromini, Borrominesque type, as can be seen in the Co-Cathedral of Recife (1784) and Church of Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro in Rio de Janeiro (1739). In the region of Minas Gerais, highlighted the work of Aleijadinho, author of a group of churches that stand out for their curved planimetry, facades with concave-convex dynamic effects and a plastic treatment of all architectural elements (Church of São Francisco de Assis, Ouro Preto, Church of São Francisco de Assis in Ouro Preto, 1765–1788). 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Baroque in the Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Asia

In the Portuguese colonies of India (Goa, Daman and Diu) an architectural style of Baroque forms mixed with Hindu elements flourished, such as the Se Cathedral, Goa Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus of Goa, which houses the tomb of Francis Xavier, St. Francis Xavier. The set of churches and convents of Goa was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. In the Philippines, that was part of the Spanish Empire for a long time, a large number of Baroque constructions are preserved, including the Baroque Churches of the Philippines that four of these, and the Baroque and Neoclassical city of Vigan, are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was also very remarkable the Intramuros, Walled City of Manila (Intramuros). Other city with notable preserved Spanish-era Baroque is Tayabas.


Painting

Baroque painters worked deliberately to set themselves apart from the painters of the Renaissance and the Mannerism period after it. In their palette, they used intense and warm colours, and particularly made use of the primary colors, primary colours red, blue and yellow, frequently putting all three in close proximity. They avoided the even lighting of Renaissance painting and used strong contrasts of light and darkness on certain parts of the picture to direct attention to the central actions or figures. In their composition, they avoided the tranquil scenes of Renaissance paintings, and chose the moments of the greatest movement and drama. Unlike the tranquil faces of Renaissance paintings, the faces in Baroque paintings clearly expressed their emotions. They often used asymmetry, with action occurring away from the centre of the picture, and created axes that were neither vertical nor horizontal, but slanting to the left or right, giving a sense of instability and movement. They enhanced this impression of movement by having the costumes of the personages blown by the wind, or moved by their own gestures. The overall impressions were movement, emotion and drama. Another essential element of baroque painting was allegory; every painting told a story and had a message, often encrypted in symbols and allegorical characters, which an educated viewer was expected to know and read. Early evidence of Italian Baroque ideas in painting occurred in Bologna, where Annibale Carracci, Agostino Carracci and Ludovico Carracci sought to return the visual arts to the ordered Classicism of the Renaissance. Their art, however, also incorporated ideas central the Counter-Reformation; these included intense emotion and religious imagery that appealed more to the heart than to the intellect. Another influential painter of the Baroque era was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. His realistic approach to the human figure, painted directly from life and dramatically spotlit against a dark background, shocked his contemporaries and opened a new chapter in the history of painting. Other major painters associated closely with the Baroque style include Artemisia Gentileschi, Guido Reni, Domenichino,
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, and Paolo de Matteis in Italy; Francisco de Zurbarán and Diego Velázquez in Spain; Adam Elsheimer in Germany; and Nicolas Poussin and Georges de La Tour in France (though Poussin spent most of his working life in Italy). Poussin and La Tour adopted a "classical" Baroque style with less focus on emotion and greater attention to the line of the figures in the painting than to colour. Peter Paul Rubens was the most important painter of the Flemish Baroque painting, Flemish Baroque style. Rubens' highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasised movement, colour, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the
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. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. One important domain of Baroque painting was ''Quadratura'', or paintings in ''
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'', which literally "fooled the eye". These were usually painted on the stucco of ceilings or upper walls and balustrades, and gave the impression to those on the ground looking up were that they were seeing the heavens populated with crowds of angels, saints and other heavenly figures, set against painted skies and imaginary architecture. In Italy, artists often collaborated with architects on interior decoration; Pietro da Cortona was one of the painters of the 17th century who employed this illusionist way of painting. Among his most important commissions were the frescoes he painted for the Palazzo Barberini, Palace of the Barberini family (1633–39), to glorify the reign of Pope Urban VIII. Pietro da Cortona's compositions were the largest decorative frescoes executed in Rome since the work of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel. François Boucher was an important figure in the more delicate French Rococo style, which appeared during the late Baroque period. He designed tapestries, carpets and theatre decoration as well as painting. His work was extremely popular with Madame Pompadour, the Mistress of King Louis XV. His paintings featured mythological romantic, and mildly erotic themes. The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne - Annibale Carracci - 1597 - Farnese Gallery, Rome.jpg, ''Triumph of Bacchus and Adriane'' (part of ''The Loves of the Gods''); by Annibale Carracci; circa 1597–1600; fresco; length (gallery): 20.2 m; Palazzo Farnese (Rome) The Calling of Saint Matthew-Caravaggo (1599-1600).jpg, ''The Calling of St Matthew (Caravaggio), The Calling of St Matthew''; by Caravaggio; 1599–1600; oil on canvas; 3.2 x 3.4 m; San Luigi dei Francesi, Church of St. Louis of the French (Rome) Peter Paul Rubens - The Four Continents.jpg, ''The Four Continents''; by Peter Paul Rubens; circa 1615; oil on canvas; 209 x 284 cm; Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria) Nicolas Poussin - L'Enlèvement des Sabines (1634-5).jpg, ''The Rape of the Sabine Women''; by Nicolas Poussin; 1634–1635; oil on canvas; 154.6 x 209.9 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) File:Charles I of England.jpg, ''Charles I at the Hunt''; by Anthony van Dyck; circa 1635; oil on canvas; 2.66 x 2.07 m; Louvre The Night Watch - HD.jpg, ''The Night Watch''; by Rembrandt; 1642; oil on canvas; 363 × 437 cm; Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Jan Vermeer - The Art of Painting - Google Art Project.jpg, ''The Art of Painting''; by Johannes Vermeer; 1666–1668; oil on canvas; 1.3 x 1.1 m; Kunsthistorisches Museum Louis XIV of France.jpg, The ''Portrait of Louis XIV''; by Hyacinthe Rigaud; 1701; oil on canvas; 277 × 194 cm; Louvre


Spanish Americas

In the Spanish Americas, the first influences were from Seville, Sevillan Tenebrism, mainly from Francisco de Zurbarán, Zurbarán —some of whose works are still preserved in Mexico and Peru— as can be seen in the work of the Mexicans José Juárez and Sebastián López de Arteaga, and the Bolivian Melchor Pérez de Holguín. The Cusco School, Cusco School of painting arose after the arrival of the Italian painter Bernardo Bitti in 1583, who introduced
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in the Americas. It highlighted the work of Luis de Riaño, disciple of the Italian Angelino Medoro, author of the murals of the Church of San Pedro, Andahuaylillas, Church of San Pedro of Andahuaylillas. It also highlighted the Indian (Quechua people, Quechua) painters Diego Quispe Tito and Basilio Santa Cruz Pumacallao, as well as Marcos Zapata, author of the fifty large canvases that cover the high arches of the Cusco Cathedral, Cathedral of Cusco. In Ecuador, the Quito School was formed, mainly represented by the mestizo Miguel de Santiago and the Criollo (people), criollo Nicolás Javier de Goríbar. In the 18th century sculptural altarpieces began to be replaced by paintings, developing notably the Baroque painting in the Americas. Similarly, the demand for civil works, mainly portraits of the aristocratic classes and the ecclesiastical hierarchy, grew. The main influence was the Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Murillesque, and in some cases – as in the Criollo (people), criollo Cristóbal de Villalpando – that of Juan de Valdés Leal, Valdés Leal. The painting of this era has a more sentimental tone, with sweet and softer shapes. It highlight Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos, Gregorio Vásquez de Arce in Colombia, and Juan Rodríguez Juárez and Miguel Cabrera (painter), Miguel Cabrera in Mexico.


Sculpture

The dominant figure in baroque sculpture was
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. Under the patronage of Pope Urban VIII, he made a remarkable series of monumental statues of saints and figures whose faces and gestures vividly expressed their emotions, as well as portrait busts of exceptional realism, and highly decorative works for the Vatican, including the imposing Chair of St. Peter beneath the dome in
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. In addition, he designed fountains with monumental groups of sculpture to decorate the major squares of Rome. Baroque sculpture was inspired by ancient Roman statuary, particularly by the famous statue of Laocoön from the first century AD, which was on display in the gallery of the Vatican. When he visited Paris in 1665, Bernini addressed the students at the Academy of painting and sculpture. He advised the students to work from classical models, rather than from nature. He told the students, "When I had trouble with my first statue, I consulted the ''Antinous'' like an oracle." Notable late French baroque sculptors included Étienne Maurice Falconet and Jean Baptiste Pigalle. Pigalle was commissioned by Frederick the Great to make statues for Frederick's own version of Versailles at
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, Germany. Falconet also received an important foreign commission, creating the famous statue of Peter the Great on horseback found in St. Petersburg. In Spain, the sculptor Francisco Salzillo worked exclusively on religious themes, using polychromed wood. Some of the finest baroque sculptural craftsmanship was found in the gilded stucco altars of churches of the Spanish colonies of the New World, made by local craftsmen; examples include the Rosary Chapel of the Church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca (Mexico), 1724–1731. Apollo and Daphne (Bernini) (cropped).jpg, ''Apollo and Daphne (Bernini), Apollo and Daphne''; by
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Furniture

The main motifs used are: Cornucopia, horns of plenty, festoons, putti, baby angels, lion heads holding a metal ring in their mouths, female mascaron (architecture), faces surrounded by garlands, oval cartouche (design), cartouches, Acanthus (ornament), acanthus leaves, classical orders, classical columns, caryatid, caryatids, pediments and other elements of Classical architecture sculpted on some parts of pieces of furniture, baskets with fruits or flowers, shells, armour and trophies, heads of Apollo or Bacchus, and C-shaped volute, volutes. During the first period of the reign of Louis XIV, furniture followed the previous style of Louis XIII, and was massive, and profusely decorated with sculpture and gilding. After 1680, thanks in large part to the furniture designer André Charles Boulle, a more original and delicate style appeared, sometimes known as Boulle work. It was based on the inlay of ebony and other rare woods, a technique first used in Florence in the 15th century, which was refined and developed by Boulle and others working for Louis XIV. Furniture was inlaid with plaques of ebony, copper, and exotic woods of different colors. New and often enduring types of furniture appeared; the commode, with two to four drawers, replaced the old ''coffre'', or chest. The ''canapé'', or sofa, appeared, in the form of a combination of two or three armchairs. New kinds of armchairs appeared, including the ''fauteuil en confessionale'' or "Confessional armchair", which had padded cushions ions on either side of the back of the chair. The console table also made its first appearance; it was designed to be placed against a wall. Another new type of furniture was the ''table à gibier'', a marble-topped table for holding dishes. Early varieties of the desk appeared; the Bureau Mazarin, Mazarin desk had a central section set back, placed between two columns of drawers, with four feet on each column. Friesland Cupboard with scenes from the life of Christ.jpg, Cupboard with scenes from the life of Christ; 1620–1640; veneer, oak and walnut wood, pearwood and ebony, steel and brass; National Museum, Warsaw, National Museum in Warsaw (Poland) Friesland Cupboard with hunting scenes.jpg, Cupboard with hunting scenes; 1620–1640; veneer, oak and walnut wood, birch, rosewood, and many other types of wood, and steel; 174 × 148 × 63 cm; National Museum in Warsaw Olanda, guardaroba (kast), 1625-50 ca.jpg, Dutch wardrobe; 1625–1650; oak with ebony and rosewood veneers; overall: 244.5 x 224.3 x 85.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio, US) Small desk with folding top (bureau brisé) MET DP102696.jpg, Small desk with folding top (bureau brisé); circa 1685; oak, pine, walnut veneered with ebony, rosewood, and marquetry of tortoiseshell and engraved brass, gilt bronze and steel; 77 x 106 x 59.4 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) Francia, tavolo da parete, 1685-90 ca.jpg, French pier table; 1685–1690; carved, gesso, gessoed, and gilded wood, with a marble top; 83.6 × 128.6 × 71.6 cm; Art Institute of Chicago (US) Clevelandart 1968.31.jpg, Console table depicting Chronos, or the father time; 1695; painted and gilded wood, with marble at its top; overall: 95.3 x 107.3 x 62.9 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art Commode MET DP108742.jpg, Commode; by André Charles Boulle; circa 1710–1720; ebony, gilt-bronze mounts and other materials; 87.6 × 128.3 × 62.9 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art Heinrich ludwig rohde o ferdinand plitzner (attr.), scrittoio a ribalta, magonza 1720 ca.jpg, German slant-front desk; by Heinrich Ludwig Rohde or Ferdinand Plitzner; circa 1715–1725; marquetry with maple, amaranth, mahogany, and walnut on spruce and oak; 90 × 84 × 44.5 cm; from Mainz (Germany); Art Institute of Chicago


Music and ballet

The term ''Baroque'' is also used to designate the style of music composed during a period that overlaps with that of Baroque art. The first uses of the term 'baroque' for music were criticisms. In an anonymous, satirical review of the première in October 1733 of Rameau's ''
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,'' printed in the ''Mercure de France'' in May 1734, the critic implied that the novelty of this opera was "du barocque," complaining that the music lacked coherent melody, was filled with unremitting dissonances, constantly changed key and meter, and speedily ran through every compositional device.
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, who was a musician and noted composer as well as philosopher, made a very similar observation in 1768 in the famous ''
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: "Baroque music is that in which the harmony is confused, and loaded with modulations and dissonances. The singing is harsh and unnatural, the intonation difficult, and the movement limited. It appears that term comes from the word 'baroco' used by logicians." Common use of the term for the music of the period began only in 1919, by Curt Sachs, and it was not until 1940 that it was first used in English in an article published by Manfred Bukofzer. The baroque was a period of musical experimentation and innovation. New forms were invented, including the concerto and sinfonia. Opera was born in Italy at the end of the 16th century (with Jacopo Peri's mostly lost ''Dafne'', produced in Florence in 1598) and soon spread through the rest of Europe: Louis XIV created the first Royal Academy of Music, In 1669, the poet Pierre Perrin opened an academy of opera in Paris, the first opera theatre in France open to the public, and premiered ''Pomone (opera), Pomone'', the first grand opera in French, with music by Robert Cambert, with five acts, elaborate stage machinery, and a ballet. Heinrich Schütz in Germany, Jean-Baptiste Lully in France, and Henry Purcell in England all helped to establish their national traditions in the 17th century. The classical ballet also originated in the Baroque era. The style of court dance was brought to France by Marie de Medici, and in the beginning the members of the court themselves were the dancers. Louis XIV himself performed in public in several ballets. In March 1662, the Académie Royale de Danse, was founded by the King. It was the first professional dance school and company, and set the standards and vocabulary for ballet throughout Europe during the period. Several new instruments, including the piano, were introduced during this period. The invention of the piano is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua, Italy, who was employed by Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, as the Keeper of the Instruments. Cristofori named the instrument ''un cimbalo di cipresso di piano e forte'' ("a keyboard of cypress with soft and loud"), abbreviated over time as ''pianoforte'', ''fortepiano'', and later, simply, piano.


Composers and examples

* Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557–1612) ''Sonata pian' e forte'' (1597), ''In Ecclesiis'' (from ''Symphoniae sacrae'' book 2, 1615) * Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c. 1580–1651) ''Libro primo di villanelle, 20'' (1610) * Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643), ''L'Orfeo, L'Orfeo, favola in musica'' (1610) * Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672), ''Musikalische Exequien'' (1629, 1647, 1650) * Francesco Cavalli (1602–1676), ''Egisto (opera), L'Egisto'' (1643), ''Ercole amante'' (1662), ''Scipione affricano'' (1664) * Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687), ''Armide (Lully), Armide'' (1686) * Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704), ''Te Deum (Charpentier), Te Deum'' (1688–1698) * Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704), ''Mystery Sonatas'' (1681) * John Blow (1649–1708), ''Venus and Adonis (opera), Venus and Adonis'' (1680–1687) * Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706), ''Pachelbel's Canon, Canon in D'' (1680) * Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713), Twelve concerti grossi, op.6 (Corelli), 12 concerti grossi, Op. 6 (1714) * Marin Marais (1656–1728), ''Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris'' (1723) * Henry Purcell (1659–1695), ''Dido and Aeneas'' (1688) * Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725), ''L'honestà negli amori'' (1680), ''Il Pompeo'' (1683), ''Mitridate Eupatore'' (1707) * François Couperin (1668–1733), ''Les barricades mystérieuses'' (1717) * Tomaso Albinoni (1671–1751), ''Didone abbandonata (Albinoni), Didone abbandonata'' (1724) * Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), ''The Four Seasons (Vivaldi), The Four Seasons'' (1725) * Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745), ''Il Serpente di Bronzo'' (1730), ''Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis'' (1736) * Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), ''Der Tag des Gerichts'' (1762) * Johann David Heinichen (1683–1729) *
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(1683–1764), ''Dardanus (opera), Dardanus'' (1739) * George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), ''Water Music (Handel), Water Music'' (1717), ''Messiah (Handel), Messiah'' (1741) * Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757), List of solo keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Sonatas for harpsichord * Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, Toccata and Fugue in D minor (1703–1707), ''Brandenburg Concertos'' (1721), ''St Matthew Passion'' (1727) * Nicola Porpora (1686–1768), ''Semiramide riconosciuta (Porpora), Semiramide riconosciuta'' (1729) * Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736), ''Stabat Mater'' (1736)


Theatre

The Baroque period was a golden age for theatre in France and Spain; playwrights included Pierre Corneille, Corneille, Jean Racine, Racine and Moliere in France; and Lope de Vega and Pedro Calderón de la Barca Spain. During the Baroque period, the art and style of the theatre evolved rapidly, alongside the development of opera and of ballet. The design of newer and larger theatres, the invention the use of more elaborate machinery, the wider use of the proscenium arch, which framed the stage and hid the machinery from the audience, encouraged more scenic effects and spectacle. The Baroque had a Catholic and conservative character in Spain, following an Italian literary model during the Renaissance. The Hispanic Baroque theatre aimed for a public content with an ideal reality that manifested fundamental three sentiments: Catholic religion, monarchist and national pride and honour originating from the chivalric, knightly world. Two periods are known in the Baroque Spanish theatre, with the division occurring in 1630. The first period is represented chiefly by Lope de Vega, but also by Tirso de Molina, Gaspar Aguilar, Guillén de Castro, Antonio Mira de Amescua, Luis Vélez de Guevara, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Diego Jiménez de Enciso, Luis Belmonte Bermúdez, Felipe Godínez, Luis Quiñones de Benavente or Juan Pérez de Montalbán. The second period is represented by Pedro Calderón de la Barca and fellow dramatists Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza, Álvaro Cubillo de Aragón, Jerónimo de Cáncer, Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Juan de Matos Fragoso, Antonio Coello y Ochoa, Agustín Moreto, and Francisco Bances Candamo. These classifications are loose because each author had his own way and could occasionally adhere himself to the formula established by Lope. It may even be that Lope's "manner" was more liberal and structured than Calderón's. Lope de Vega introduced through his ''Arte nuevo de hacer comedias en este tiempo'' (1609) the ''new comedy''. He established a new dramatic formula that broke the three Aristotle unities of the Italian school of poetry (action, time and place) and a fourth unity of Aristotle which is about style, mixing of tragic and comic elements showing different types of verses and stanzas upon what is represented. Although Lope has a great knowledge of the plastic arts, he did not use it during the major part of his career nor in theatre or scenography. The Lope's comedy granted a second role to the visual aspects of the theatrical representation. Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, and Calderón were the most important play writers in Golden Era Spain. Their works, known for their subtle intelligence and profound comprehension of a person's humanity, could be considered a bridge between Lope's primitive comedy and the more elaborate comedy of Calderón. Tirso de Molina is best known for two works, ''The Convicted Suspicions'' and ''The Trickster of Seville'', one of the first versions of the Don Juan myth. Upon his arrival to Madrid, Cosimo Lotti brought to the Spanish court the most advanced theatrical techniques of Europe. His techniques and mechanic knowledge were applied in palace exhibitions called "Fiestas" and in lavish exhibitions of rivers or artificial fountains called "Naumaquias". He was in charge of styling the Gardens of Buen Retiro, of Palace of Zarzuela, Zarzuela and of Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez and the construction of the theatrical building of Coliseo del Buen Retiro. Lope's formulas begin with a verse that it unbefitting of the palace theatre foundation and the birth of new concepts that begun the careers of some play writers like Calderón de la Barca. Marking the principal innovations of the New Lopesian Comedy, Calderón's style marked many differences, with a great deal of constructive care and attention to his internal structure. Calderón's work is in formal perfection and a very lyric and symbolic language. Liberty, vitality and openness of Lope gave a step to Calderón's intellectual reflection and formal precision. In his comedy it reflected his ideological and doctrine intentions in above the passion and the action, the work of Autos sacramentales achieved high ranks. The genre of Comedia is political, multi-artistic and in a sense hybrid. The poetic text interweaved with Medias and resources originating from architecture, music and painting freeing the deception that is in the Lopesian comedy was made up from the lack of scenery and engaging the dialogue of action. The best known German playwright was Andreas Gryphius, who used the Jesuit model of the Netherlands, Dutch Joost van den Vondel and Pierre Corneille. There was also Johannes Velten who combined the traditions of the English comedians and the commedia dell'arte with the classic theatre of Corneille and Molière. His touring company was perhaps the most significant and important of the 17th century.


Spanish colonial Americas

Following the evolution marked from Spain, at the end of the 16th century, the companies of comedians, essentially transhumant, began to professionalize. With professionalization came regulation and censorship: as in Europe, the theatre oscillated between tolerance and even government protection and rejection (with exceptions) or persecution by the Church. The theatre was useful to the authorities as an instrument to disseminate the desired behavior and models, respect for the social order and the monarchy, school of religious dogma. The ''corrales'' were administered for the benefit of hospitals that shared the benefits of the representations. The itinerant companies (or "of the League (unit), league"), who carried the theatre in improvised open-air stages by the regions that did not have fixed locals, required a viceregal license to work, whose price or ''pinción'' was destined to alms and works pious. For companies that worked stably in the capitals and major cities, one of their main sources of income was participation in the Corpus Christi (feast), festivities of the Corpus Christi, which provided them with not only economic benefits, but also recognition and social prestige. The representations in the viceregal palace and the mansions of the aristocracy, where they represented both the comedies of their repertoire and special productions with great lighting effects, scenery and stage, were also an important source of well-paid and prestigious work. Born in the Viceroyalty of New Spain but later settled in Spain, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón is the most prominent figure in the Baroque theatre of New Spain. Despite his accommodation to Lope de Vega's new comedy, his "marked secularism", his discretion and restraint, and a keen capacity for "psychological penetration" as distinctive features of Alarcón against his Spanish contemporaries have been noted. Noteworthy among his works ''La verdad sospechosa'', a comedy of characters that reflected his constant moralizing purpose. The dramatic production of Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz places her as the second figure of the Spanish-American Baroque theatre. It is worth mentioning among her works the Autos sacramentales, auto sacramental ''El divino Narciso (auto sacramental), El divino Narciso'' and the comedy ''Los empeños de una casa''.


Gardens

The Baroque garden, also known as the ''jardin à la française'' or French formal garden, first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, and then most famously in France in the 17th century in the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte and the
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. Baroque gardens were built by Kings and princes in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Poland, Italy and Russia until the mid-18th century, when they began to be remade into by the more natural English landscape garden. The purpose of the baroque garden was to illustrate the power of man over nature, and the glory of its builder, Baroque gardens were laid out in geometric patterns, like the rooms of a house. They were usually best seen from the outside and looking down, either from a chateau or terrace. The elements of a baroque garden included parterres of flower beds or low hedges trimmed into ornate Baroque designs, and straight lanes and alleys of gravel which divided and crisscrossed the garden. Terraces, ramps, staircases and cascades were placed where there were differences of elevation, and provided viewing points. Circular or rectangular ponds or basins of water were the settings for fountains and statues. Bosquets or carefully trimmed groves or lines of identical trees, gave the appearance of walls of greenery and were backdrops for statues. On the edges, the gardens usually had pavilions, orangeries and other structures where visitors could take shelter from the sun or rain. (French translation from German) Baroque gardens required enormous numbers of gardeners, continual trimming, and abundant water. In the later part of the Baroque period, the formal elements began to be replaced with more natural features, including winding paths, groves of varied trees left to grow untrimmed; rustic architecture and picturesque structures, such as Roman temples or Chinese pagodas, as well as "secret gardens" on the edges of the main garden, filled with greenery, where visitors could read or have quiet conversations. By the mid-18th century most of the Baroque gardens were partially or entirely transformed into variations of the English landscape garden. Besides Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte, Celebrated baroque gardens still retaining much of their original appearance include the Royal Palace of Caserta near Naples; Nymphenburg Palace and Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces, Brühl in Germany; Het Loo Palace in the Netherlands; the Belvedere Palace in Vienna; the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso in Spain; and Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kasteel van Vaux-le-Vicomte - Maincy 06.jpg, Garden of Vaux-le-Vicomte (France) seen from the Chateau (1656–1661) File:Adam Perelle, View of Versailles, garden facade, 1680s.jpg, View of the garden facade of
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Differences between Rococo and Baroque

The following are characteristics that Rococo has and Baroque has not: *The partial abandonment of symmetry, everything being composed of graceful lines and curves, similar to the Art Nouveau ones *The huge quantity of asymmetrical curves and C-shaped volutes *The very wide use of flowers in ornamentation, an example being festoons made of flowers *Chinese and Japanese motifs *Warm pastel colours (whitish-yellow, cream-coloured, pearl greys, very light blues)


End of the style, condemnation and academic rediscovery

Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, contributed to the decline of the baroque and rococo style. In 1750 she sent her nephew, Abel-François Poisson, Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, on a two-year mission to study artistic and archeological developments in Italy. He was accompanied by several artists, including the engraver Nicolas Cochin and the architect Soufflot. They returned to Paris with a passion for classical art. Vandiéres became the Marquis of Marigny, and was named Royal Director of buildings in 1754. He turned official French architecture toward the neoclassical. Cochin became an important art critic; he denounced the ''petit style'' of Boucher, and called for a grand style with a new emphasis on antiquity and nobility in the academies of painting of architecture. The pioneer German art historian and archeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann also condemned the baroque style, and praised the superior values of classical art and architecture. By the 19th century, Baroque was a target for ridicule and criticism. The neoclassical critic Francesco Milizia wrote: "Borrominini in architecture, Bernini in sculpture, Pietro da Cortona in painting...are a plague on good taste, which infected a large number of artists." In the 19th century, criticism went even further; the British critic John Ruskin declared that baroque sculpture was not only bad, but also morally corrupt. The Swiss-born art historian Heinrich Wölfflin (1864–1945) started the rehabilitation of the word Baroque in his Renaissance und Barock (1888); Wölfflin identified the Baroque as "movement imported into mass", an art antithetic to Renaissance art. He did not make the distinctions between Mannerism and Baroque that modern writers do, and he ignored the later phase, the academic Baroque that lasted into the 18th century. Baroque art and architecture became fashionable between the two World Wars, and has largely remained in critical favor. The term "Baroque" may still be used, usually pejoratively, describing works of art, craft, or design that are thought to have excessive ornamentation or complexity of line.


Baroque Revival art

The end of the 19th century was a golden age for Revivalism (architecture), revival styles, including Baroque Revival or Neo-Baroque. In addition to its practical (protective) function, the face also has aesthetic and architectural purposes. It mirrors the predominant styles of a certain era. Ornaments are the most common "ornaments" of buildings. The ornaments used in 17th-18th century architecture are reused at Baroque Revival buildings, including: Cornucopia, horns of plenty, festoons, putti, baby angels, female or male mascaron (architecture), mascarons, oval cartouche (design), cartouches, Acanthus (ornament), acanthus leaves, classical orders, classical columns, caryatid, caryatids, pediments and other elements of Classical architecture, Greco-Roman architecture. Most Baroque revival buildings have mansard roof, mansard roofs, usually blue or sometimes black, with oculus, oval or dormer windows. Some of the houses is this style have cartouche-shaped oculus windows, usually with a mascaron at their top or bottom. In France and Romania, many of the entrances have awning, awnings (french: Marquise; ro, marchiză), made of glass and metal, usually in a seashell-shape. In these two counties, especially in Romania, Neo-Baroque was sometimes combined with Art Nouveau. Beaux-Arts architecture, Beaux-Arts buildings from the late 1890s and early 1900s are very good examples of Baroque Revival architecture. The most famous Neo-Baroque building in Paris are: the Pavillon de Flore (part of the Palais du Louvre), the Palais Garnier, the Petit Palais, and the Grand Palais. Important architects of this style include Charles Garnier (architect), Charles Garnier (1825–1898), Ferdinand Fellner (1847–1917), Hermann Helmer (1849–1919), and Ion D. Berindey (1871–1928). In decorative arts, Baroque Revival is usually known as the Napoleon III style or Second Empire style. Objects in this style was very appreciated in late 1890s and early 1900s Romania, many of them being brought from France or Austria. One of the main influence was the Louis XVI style, or French neoclassicism, which was preferred by the Empress Eugénie. Her rooms at the Tuileries Palace and other Places were decorated in this style. Other influences include French Renaissance and the Henry II style, which were popular influences on chests and cabinets, buffets and credences, which were massive and built like small cathedrals, decorated with columns, pediment, pediments, Cartouche (design), cartouches, Mascaron (architecture), mascarons, and carved angels and chimeras. They were usually constructed of walnut or oak, or sometimes of poirier stained to resemble ebony. Tête-à-tête MET DT177.jpg, Loveseat, Tête-à-tête, an example of Napoleon III style, Second Empire furniture; 1850–1860; rosewood, ash, pine and walnut; 113 x 132.1 x 109.2 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) Gustave Courbet 027.jpg, ''Young Ladies Beside the Seine''; by Gustave Courbet; 1856; oil on canvas; 174 x 206 cm; Petit Palais (Paris) Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus - Google Art Project 2.jpg, ''The Birth of Venus''; by Alexandre Cabanel; 1863; oil on canvas; 130 x 225 cm; Musée d'Orsay (Paris) Paris Opéra Garnier Fassade 1.jpg, The ''Palais Garnier'' from Paris, by Charles Garnier (architect), Charles Garnier Wuppertal, Viktoriastr. 49, neobarocke Fenstergestaltung.jpg, Window with a pair of putto, putti above it, in Wuppertal (Germany) House of scientists, Lviv (21).jpg, Entrance of the ''House of scientists (Lviv), House of scientists'' (Lviv, Ukraine) 2. Листопадового Чину, 6.jpg, Staircase in the ''House of scientists'' from Lviv The Cantacuzino Palace from Bucharest (Romania).jpg, The ''Cantacuzino Palace'' on Calea Victoriei, Victory Avenue from Bucharest (Romania), by Ion D. Berindey (1898–1900)


See also

* List of Baroque architecture * Baroque in Brazil * Czech Baroque architecture * Dutch Baroque architecture * Earthquake Baroque * English Baroque * French Baroque architecture * Italian Baroque * Sicilian Baroque * New Spanish Baroque * Mexican art#Mexican Baroque * Neoclassicism (music) * Andean Baroque * Baroque in Poland * Baroque architecture in Portugal * Naryshkin Baroque * Siberian Baroque * Spanish Baroque literature * Ukrainian Baroque


Notes


Sources

* * * * * Causa, Raffaello, ''L'Art au XVIII siècle du rococo à Goya'' (1963), (in French) Hachcette, Paris * * * Gardner, Helen, Fred S. Kleiner, and Christin J. Mamiya. 2005. ''Gardner's Art Through the Ages'', 12th edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth. (hardcover) * * * Prater, Andreas, and Bauer, Hermann, ''La Peinture du baroque'' (1997), (in French), Taschen, Paris * Tazartes, Maurizia, ''Fontaines de Rome'', (2004), (in French) Citadelles, Paris


Further reading

* Andersen, Liselotte. 1969. ''Baroque and Rococo Art'', New York: H. N. Abrams. * Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Bailey, Gauvin Alexander. 2012. ''Baroque & Rococo'', London: Phaidon Press. * Germain Bazin, Bazin, Germain, 1964. ''Baroque and Rococo''. Praeger World of Art Series. New York: Praeger. (Originally published in French, as ''Classique, baroque et rococo''. Paris: Larousse. English edition reprinted as ''Baroque and Rococo Art'', New York: Praeger, 1974) * Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Buci-Glucksmann, Christine. 1994. ''Baroque Reason: The Aesthetics of Modernity''. Sage. * Bailey, Gauvin; Lanthier, Lillian
"Baroque"
(2003), Grove Art Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press, Web. Retrieved 30 March 2021. * Hills, Helen (ed.). 2011. ''Rethinking the Baroque''. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate. . * Hortolà, Policarp, 2013, ''The Aesthetics of Haemotaphonomy: Stylistic Parallels between a Science and Literature and the Visual Arts''. Sant Vicent del Raspeig: ECU. . * Michael Kitson, Kitson, Michael. 1966. ''The Age of Baroque''. Landmarks of the World's Art. London: Hamlyn; New York: McGraw-Hill. * Gregg Lambert, Lambert, Gregg, 2004. ''Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture''. Continuum. . * John Rupert Martin, Martin, John Rupert. 1977. ''Baroque''. Icon Editions. New York: Harper and Rowe. (cloth); (pbk.) * * * * Vuillemin, Jean-Claude, 2013. ''Episteme baroque: le mot et la chose''. Hermann. . * Wakefield, Steve. 2004. ''Carpentier's Baroque Fiction: Returning Medusa's Gaze''. Colección Támesis. Serie A, Monografías 208. Rochester, NY: Tamesis. . * Massimo Colella, Il Barocco sabaudo tra mecenatismo e retorica. Maria Giovanna Battista di Savoia Nemours e l’Accademia Reale Letteraria di Torino, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino (“Alti Studi sull’Età e la Cultura del Barocco”, IV-1), 2019, pp. 180. * Massimo Colella, Separatezza e conversazione. Sondaggi intertestuali attorno a Ciro di Pers, in «Xenia. Trimestrale di Letteratura e Cultura» (Genova), IV, 1, 2019, pp. 11–37.


External links


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